Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors celebrates 15 years in Winston-Salem
Bookmarks 15th annual Festival of Books and Authors will be held in downtown Winston-Salem from Thursday, Sept. 5 through Sunday, Sept. 8. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Over 50 authors will be in attendance, and events include panels, exhibitors, readings and signings. On Saturday, there will be a free family-friendly street festival on Spruce Street, Poplar Street and Holly Avenue, in and around Bookmarks Bookstore, the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, Footnote and Calvary Moravian Church. All Saturday readings and panel discussions are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
Free Saturday events at Calvary Moravian Sanctuary include a 10:30 a.m. panel on gun violence in America with Dave Cullen (Parkland: Birth of a Movement and Columbine) and Andy Parker (For Allison: the Murder of a Young Journalist); an 11:45 a.m. conversation about historical fiction with Téa Obreht (The Tiger’s Wife and Inland), Michael Parker (Prairie Fever) and Mary Doria Russell (The Women of the Copper Country); a 12:45 p.m. true crime discussion with Billy Jensen (Chase Darkness with Me: How One True-Crime Writer Started Solving Murders); and a 3 p.m. cookbook discussion with food writer and chef Belinda Smith-Sullivan (Just Peachy), featuring samples from Dewey’s.
Young adult events at Hanesbrands Theatre begin on Saturday with an 11 a.m. panel on Monsters, Magic and Warrior Women with Cinda Williams China (Deathcaster), Dhonielle Clayton (The Everlasting Rose), Victoria Schwab (The Monsters of Verity) and Megan Shepherd (Midnight Beauties). There are also free events that day at Bookmarks, Footnote, Mountcastle Forum and Reynolds Place Theatre.
There will be food trucks and food vendors, including Angie’s Italian Ice, Kona Ice, King Queen #1 Haitian Cuisine, Mike & Mike’s Italian Ice, Mr. Mongolian, Porterhouse Burger Truck, Will & Pop’s, and Wired Café Coffee Bus.
The keynote opening event of the festival is a free talk by Casey Cep at Hanesbrands Theatre at 7 p.m. Thursday. Cep will discuss, read from and sign her book Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, about how the author of To Kill a Mocking Bird, who had previously helped her friend Truman Capote research In Cold Blood, became obsessed with the true-crime case of a rural Southern preacher accused of murdering five members of his family for the insurance money.
Ticketed events include a free talk and sampling with Belinda Smith-Sullivan at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Dewey’s Bakery, where Sullivan will share her knowledge about peaches, their varieties and histories, and how to grow as well as cook them.
Events that require purchase of tickets include Bookmarks’ 15th birthday celebration at the Ramkat at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, a children’s author pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. on Saturday at Foothills Brewpub, graphic novel workshops at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at Sawtooth School for Visual Art with Cece Bell and Galle Galligan (these are two separate workshops), and Festival Brunch with Parapalooza at 11 a.m. at Footnote on Sunday.
Tickets for events that require them can be purchased by calling 1-800-838-3006 or visiting www.bookmarksnc.org. The organizers expect them all to be gone before the first day of the Festival. Other information, including a complete schedule of all events, can be found at that site.
Ian McDowell is the author of two published novels, numerous anthologized short stories, and a whole lot of nonfiction and journalism, some of which he’s proud of and none of which he’s ashamed of.